In Memory of Bernese Nelson

Bernese Nelson, 81 of Lake Preston, SD died on Sunday, June 3, 2007.

Bernese Nodine was born on October 12, 1925 to John "Jack" and Ruth (Menzel) Nodine. She attended country school, then grade school in Arlington and graduated from Hetland High School with the class of 1944.

Her life was busy with a home based cake decorating business for nearly 60 years. She was in the insurance business in Hetland and more recently in Arlington. She and her husband Harold "Nip" Nelson raised their 3 sons, Danny, Shane and Jesse while living on a farm south of Lake Whitewood.

Nip preceded her in death in 1991. She was devoted to her church, her family and her country, the Hetland Legion, Hetland Historical Society and all other activities in her hometown of Hetland. One of the recent highlights of her life was a trip she took with her son Danny to Pierre for the Vietnam Memorial Dedication. She was always ready to accept a new challenges and was a tireless leader radiating enthusiasm to those whose lives touched hers.

Bernese is survived by her sons, Danny and Jesse of Thousand Palms, CA, Shane of Battle Mountain, NV; grandchildren Sarah, Shayna, Kyle, Jared, and Lauren; sister Luella of Silver Lake, WA; brothers Dean (Joyce) Nodine of John Day, OR and Gene (Helen) Nodine of Moab, UT, a sister-in-law, Evelyn Nodine of Vancouver, WA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Kenny and Jack, and a sister Delores.

 Dance With Me
This is holy time
We're gathered together to worship You

To love one another

And as we pray, and as we sing

And as we dance, and as we dream

Oh Lord I beg of You just this one thing

Won't you dance with me

Throughout the heavens and below the sea

And up on the mountain tops

Flow with the breeze, come carry me

Lord won't You dance with me.